DETROIT (WWJ) – A new report has found workplace deaths jumped by 30% in Michigan last year. WWJ’s Rob Sanford said if that’s not disturbing enough, work-related homicides more than doubled.
The numbers come from researchers at Michigan State University and showed there were 123 workplace deaths last year.
The deadliest employment sector was agriculture, jumping ahead of construction, with victims ranging from 17 to 83 years of age.
Of those who were murdered at work, guns were involved in almost all of them, and more than half took place in Wayne County.
While it may sound discouraging, the truth is Michigan’s rate is about 20% less than the national average.
The study is done annually to encourage better employee training and improving safety measures.